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Chili Mocha Frosting

Sometimes life does get better. And easier. For example, a couple of years ago, a Starbucks opened on our block. It’s around the corner, to be true, but in a short walk of 400 feet we can have our java anytime we want. There is no excuse, no matter how wet or snowy or windy,…

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Vermont Maple Syrup Frosting: The Clementine Paddleford Project

By now, this year’s batch of maple syrup has arrived at the farmers markets. Fresh, new and with the same questions of vintage and terroir that accompany the arrival of any wine. What hath a warm winter wrought? And what to do with that syrup? A frosting, of course. Here is one from a woman…

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Mexican Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake

“What do you think?” I asked Suzen proudly. I hadn’t seen a look like this on her face in over twenty years. “No,” she said quietly. “But,” I began, astounded. “I mean no,” her voice was forceful. “No one has ever written a cookbook like this,” I emphasized. She paused. “No, no one has. For…

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Sour Cream Icing [but it’s still chocolate!]

  Sour cream. It has many uses: dips, baked potatoes, dips, chili topping, dips, … It’s wrong, I know, but the flavor image that pops into my head is Lipton Onion Soup mix and sour cream. And, of course, I always double the amount of soup mix so that the dip literally burns your tongue.…

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